A Summary

Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditations

From the Center for Action and Contemplation

Week Thirty-Three Summary and Practice

Suffering

August 14–August 19, 2022 

Sunday
Love and suffering are part of most human lives. Without any doubt, they are the primary spiritual teachers more than any Bible, church, minister, sacrament, or theologian. —Richard Rohr

Monday
Suffering can lead us in either of two directions: it can make us very bitter and cause us to shut down, or it can make us wise, compassionate, and utterly open, either because our hearts have been softened, or perhaps because we feel as though we have nothing more to lose. —Richard Rohr

Tuesday
To “let go and let God” is to put yourself into the hands of God, even for just a little while, until the challenges of life are more bearable. —Diana L. Hayes

Wednesday
Right where you are, in the hurt and sorrow, that’s right where the insight is, that’s where the answer is, that’s where the wisdom is. The transformation is there, the rebirth is there. And you’re not alone. —Jacqui Lewis

Thursday
Once we step out of our own way, into the dark and empty vessel of the soul, “an ineffable sweetness” will begin to rise, permeating and nourishing the quiet earth, uncovering a resurrection we never dreamed possible: a dazzling darkness, a radiant night, a revolutionary newness of being. —Mirabai Starr

Friday
Jesus said we must go inside the whale’s belly for a while. Then and only then will we be spit out on a new shore and understand our call, our place, and our purpose. —Richard Rohr

Week Thirty-Three Practice

Lamenting Injustice

In the ancient tradition of lament, this prayer from Latina activist and pastor Rev. Sandra Maria Van Opstal invites us to share with God our heartbreak at the world’s suffering, and ask “How long, O Lord?”

How long, Lord?
How long must we cry out? 
How long must the vulnerable sit silent as bombs, 
     guns, cages, natural disasters threaten lives? 
How long must we hear the agonizing silence of so 
     many in the church? 
How long, Lord?
 
Are you listening? Yes? You do! You do? You do 
     see us! You do hear us!
 
(insert time to ugly cry)

We believe you are at work bringing peace. True 
     peace—flourishing, wholeness, and well-being. . . .

We believe and we feel overwhelmed—sometimes 
     it is hard to believe that you actually care about 
     the injustice and suffering. When we don’t see 
     your work. When we sense the apathy from 
     the church. When we feel small and forget that 
     we were designed to be different and make 
     things different. 

When we feel overwhelmed by darkness in the 
     world—the violence, injustice, poverty, 
     oppression, abuse. 
Give us hope not to be overcome. 
Give us eyes to see your goodness for our world. 
Give us the strength to hold the pain of injustice in 
     our world and faith that it will end. 
Give us courage to be honest with ourselves about 
     why and how we are doing justice.

We believe. So. Empower us to disrupt our broken 
     thinking by learning truth from diverse leaders. 
     Enable us to discover the beauty of justice and 
     inspire action in others. Embolden us to display 
     your goodness in the world. . . .  

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